SOC 001 Notes Chapter 10

SOC 001 Notes Chapter 10 - CHAPTER 10 Inequalities of...

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CHAPTER 10 – Inequalities of Gender and Age Issues of Sex and Gender Gender Stratification – males’ and females’ unequal access to property, prestige, and power Sex – biological characteristics that distinguish males and females Gender – social characteristics consisting of behaviors and attitudes considered proper Social factors influence our ideas of gender. Ideas of gender vary from one culture to another. Nature provides certain biological predispositions as well though. Studies show that men who have higher levels of testosterone tend to be more aggressive and have more problems, but not all men with high testosterone fall under this category. Social factors also play a part. How Females Became a Minority Group Patriarchy – men dominating society. In early human history, maintaining the population required the birth of many children, so women were limited to giving birth for a considerable part of their lives. Women assumed tasks associated with the home and child care, while men went out. Gender Inequality in the U.S. Feminism – the view that biology is not destiny and that stratification by gender is wrong and should be resisted
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2009 for the course SOC 001 taught by Professor Sturm,robertarth during the Spring '08 term at Penn State.

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